West Branch

• Gayflor Mulbah-Smith on Sept. 15 called it a blessing to raise her hand and take the oath of citizenship, officially earning a place among the U.S. population. Mulbah-Smith stood among 74 people who renounced citizenship to 30 countries around the world during the 11th annual Naturalization Ceremony on the grounds of the Herbert Hoover National Historic Site, right outside the Hoover Library-Museum. The youngest new citizen was 19 years old from Kenya and the oldest was 66 years old from Liberia. — West Branch Times


• Darrell Brand, who served the Montezuma Community School District from 1964 to 1997 as a teacher, coach, guidance counselor and an administrator, has continued to make a positive difference in the lives of his former students and their families. On Sept. 29, Coach Brand will be inducted into the Montezuma Athletic Hall of Fame where he will be honored for his 123 wins making him the most winning football coach in school history. — The Record

Des Moines

• Drake has been named the third-best regional Midwest university for the ninth-straight year by the U.S. News and World Reports. Drake has also been ranked in several categories in the U.S. News including one of 15 Midwest schools listed under “Great Schools, Great Values” and the second-best Midwest regional university for veterans. — The Times-Delphic

Mount Vernon-Lisbon

• The Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group has a new event to celebrate and reach out to small business entrepreneurs. Titled “Entrepreneuza!” the event is from 6-8 p.m. on Sept. 26 in the former Big Creek Emporium building, 101 First St. SW. The purpose of the event is to show the results of the most recent marketing study from Main Street Iowa and the most recent area demographics. — Sun, Mount Vernon – Lisbon